Local man charged with child sex assault

Police: Traxler denied bail; preliminary hearing set for Aug. 28

MOUNT UNION — A Mount Union man is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after admitting to, on separate occasions, sexually assaulting a 7-year-old and exposing himself to an 8-year-old, according to Pennsylvania State Police Huntingdon.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, police interviewed 61-year-old Paul Dallas Traxler about the incident involving the 7-year-old. Traxler said he went to the child’s house to ask if the child would like to ride with him on his motor scooter. The child’s father agreed, according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Traxler said they drove to an area close to the child’s school and stopped. Traxler admitted to police he touched the child’s genitals, exposed himself and asked if the child wished to perform a sex act, which the child refused. However, Traxler admitted the child had touched his genitals. He then said he drove the victim back to their residence, according to police.

In an interview, the child told police that Traxler had exposed himself, that the child had touched Traxler’s genitals and that Traxler had removed some of the child’s clothing and performed multiple sex acts on the child.

Regarding the incident with the 8-year-old, police said during an interview Traxler stated they were alone at his residence and that the child was there to see Traxler’s pet hamster.

According to an affidavit of probable cause, the child told police that while there, Traxler pulled the child’s pants down before Traxler exposed himself. Traxler admitted to exposing himself to the child and that the child had touched his exposed genitals.

Traxler is charged with one count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, one count of aggravated indecent assault, two counts of indecent assault, two counts of indecent exposure, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of corruption of minors.

Traxler was denied bail and is currently incarcerated in the Huntingdon County Jail. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28 before Magisterial District Judge Lisa M. Covert.